Stranger donates to family of woman killed by stray bullet while sleeping

HOUSTON (KTRK) -- The search continues for a killer who shot an innocent grandmother, sleeping in her own bed. Now, a helping hand from the community is coming to the family, by way of a complete stranger.

Maria Soto, 61, was in bed at the Williamstown Apartments located at 2900 Bissonnet. Around 11:30pm Tuesday, two men began shooting at each other in the parking lot. A stray bullet made its way into Soto's bedroom window.

A good Samaritan, Randy Hartley, saw the news coverage and felt compelled to help the family cover the cost of funeral expenses.

"When I see stories like this I like to step back, help out and his story on TV really touched my heart," said Randy Hartley.

Hartley presented a $2,000 check to Maria Soto's nephew, Vicente Soto.

"First of all thank you and it's amazing people help out other people in need. It's really amazing what they do, the heart they have, it's really big," said Soto.

Soto says his family is still reeling from the shock. His uncle is in disbelief that his wife of 40 years is gone.

Soto says nothing will help take the pain away but this donation to his family will make a large impact, as they already struggle with finances.

Soto has an account in his name at Wells Fargo if anyone else is interested in making a donation to the family.
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